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2nd Edition

BIALL Handbook of Legal Information Management

ISBN 9781409423966
Published August 18, 2014 by Routledge
452 Pages

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Book Description

The second edition of this popular handbook has been thoroughly updated by the original team of experts and some new contributors, to provide current best practice guidance on the key legal information issues for every type of service. Each of the chapters is updated to reflect general changes in law libraries and their users in the past seven years. In particular, the handbook covers new information technologies, including social networking and communication. New chapters also focus on the key topics of outsourcing, and the impact of the 2007 Legal Services Act. The second edition of this valuable handbook continues to be an important professional reference tool for managers and staff of all types of legal information services, and will help them with the challenges they face in their work every day.

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword, Jas Breslin; Preface; Law libraries and their users, Jules Winterton; Sources of legal information and their organization, Guy Holborn; Legal research - techniques and tips, Peter Clinch; Legal technologies: Current awareness systems, Dean Mason; Law firm intranets, Sally Roberts; Library management systems (LMS), Mandy Webster; Financial management: Planning and budgeting, Sarah Brittan and Michael Maher; Negotiating online subscriptions, Fiona Fogden; Managing legal information professionals, Loyita Worley and Jacky Berry; Copyright and data protection, Chris Holland; Knowledge management, Ann Hemming; Collection management: Cataloguing and classification, Diana Morris; Developing the collection and managing the space, Lesley Young; Taxonomies and indexing, Christine Miskin; E-learning and virtual learning environments, Angela Donaldson; Planning a training session, Emily Allbon; Making the most of social media tools, James Mullan; Outsourcing, Kate Stanfield and Sophie Thompson; The Legal Services Act, Amanda McKenzie; Case studies: Academic law libraries, Diane Raper; Freelance legal information professionals, Karen Scott; Government department libraries, Penny Scott, Stephanie Curran, Kathy Turner and Rachel Robbins; Law firm libraries and information services, Loyita Worley; Solo librarians, Nicola Herbert; Professional society libraries: the Northern Ireland experience of change and repositioning, Heather Semple; References and Bibliography; Index.

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Loyita Worley has been Senior Manager of EMEA Library Operations at Reed Smith LLP since January 2007 following the merger of Reed Smith and Richards Butler and has recently been promoted to Director. She has been active within BIALL for thirty years and was recently presented with The BIALL Life Membership Award and is currently on the Legal Information Management Editorial Board. She is also a member of the Special Libraries Association (SLA). Sarah Spells was the Law Librarian and Deputy Head of Teaching and Research Support at SOAS Library, UK.


Acclaim for the first edition: ’The new BIALL (British and Irish Association of Law Librarians) Handbook of Legal Information Management gives expert and up-to-date best practice guidance on the key legal information issues for every type of service.’ Library + Information Update, March 2006 'This handbook should be on the shelves of all law libraries. It has certainly and effectively maintained the practical approach and focussed on concerns of current relevance to law librarians and legal information specialists mentioned by BIALL's President in the Foreword. There is a good balance between general background information and the chapters that include more specific tips and techniques. It should be compulsory reading for all new entrants to law librarianship and for those responsible for legal collections in more general libraries.' Donald Raistrick, former Head of Knowledge and Information Resources, Department for Constitutional Affairs, UK 'Contributors are highly regarded within the legal information sector. The book is primarily intended for legal information professionals, whether new or experienced. However, much will be of interest and relevance to information professionals working in other sectors too, as it covers topics such as the management of library and information systems, financial management, staff management, copyright and data protection.' Library and Information Update, Sept 2006. 'Who should buy this book? If you're a law librarian or legal information manager in the UK, this book seems to be an essential addition to your collection and to your own personal reference shelf. If you're in the US, you should know that US legal systems and resources are not mentioned. However, this book may nevertheless be a valuable acquisition.' Legal Information Alert, July/August 2006